Musicals The Best Musical Love Story Movies  

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Sometimes, it's best to say "I love you" in a song. Perhaps that's why musicals and romances are a match made in heaven. The best musical love story movies feature a couple overcoming obstacles – or even their initial dislike of each other – in order to find their happy ending. This is a list of the top musical love story movies, including everything from The Sound of Music to My Fair Lady to La La Land.

What films will you find on this list of the best musical love stories? Bad boy Danny (John Travolta) and girl-next-door Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) turned their “Summer Nights” into romantic days in the 1978 smash Grease. “You're the One That I Want,” “Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee,” and “Beauty School Drop-Out” are just a few of the popular songs from this comedic, romantic musical. On the dramatic end of the spectrum, the heartbreaking classic West Side Story brings Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet to 20th century New York City. Other movies featured here include Across the Universe, Funny Face, and Pitch Perfect.

Which romantic musicals are your favorites? Give the best films a thumbs up to move them towards the number-one spot on the list, and please add any heartwarming movies that are missing.

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Mamma Mia! is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan Mamma Mia! is a 2008 British/American/Swedish musical/romantic comedy film adapted from the 1999 West End/2001 Broadway musical of the same name, based on the songs of successful pop group ABBA, ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Moulin Rouge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Zsa Zsa Gábor, José Ferrer, Peter Cushing Moulin Rouge is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Huston, produced by John and James Woolf for their Romulus Films company and released by United Artists. The film is set in Paris in ...more

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Singin' in the Rain is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, Rita Moreno Singin' in the Rain is a 1952 American musical comedy film directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds, and choreographed by Kelly and Donen. It ...more

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The Phantom of the Opera is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Minnie Driver The Phantom of the Opera is a 2004 British film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the French novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra ...more

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Grease is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing Grease is a 1978 American musical romantic comedy-drama film directed by Randal Kleiser and produced by Paramount Pictures. It is based on Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs' 1971 musical of the same ...more

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West Side Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, John Astin West Side Story is a 1961 American romantic musical drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film is an adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn ...more

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La La Land is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend La La Land is a 2016 American romantic musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle and starring Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, and Rosemarie DeWitt. The plot ...more

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Rex Harrison, Jeremy Brett My Fair Lady is a 1964 American musical film adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe stage musical of the same name based on the 1938 film adaptation of the original 1913 stage play Pygmalion by ...more

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Hairspray is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Amanda Bynes Hairspray is a 2007 American musical romantic comedy film based on the 2002 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was based on John Waters's 1988 comedy film of the same name. Set in ...more

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Enchanted is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Amy Adams, Susan Sarandon, Julie Andrews Enchanted is a 2007 American musical live-action/animated fantasy romantic comedy film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures with New York Academy Barry Sonnenfeld and Josephson Entertainment. ...more

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Seven Brides for Seven Brother... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Julie Newmar, Jane Powell, Howard Keel Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, is a musical film, photographed in Ansco Color in the CinemaScope format. The film was directed by Stanley Donen, with music by Saul Chaplin and Gene de Paul and ...more

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Funny Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
RuthNatashaSusanto added Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif, Anne Francis Funny Girl is a 1968 romantic musical film directed by William Wyler. The screenplay by Isobel Lennart was adapted from her book for the stage musical of the same title. It is loosely based on ...more

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The Music Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett The Music Man is a 1962 musical film starring Robert Preston as Harold Hill and Shirley Jones as Marian Paroo. The film is based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith ...more

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Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Meryl Streep, Lily James, Amanda Seyfried Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film directed by Ol Parker, and a sequel to the 2008 film. A year after the death of her mother Donna (Meryl Streep), Sophie ...more

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Meet Me in St. Louis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Margaret O'Brien Meet Me in St. Louis is a 1944 musical film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer which tells the story of an American family living in St. Louis at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition World's Fair ...more

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The Last Five Years is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Anna Kendrick, Sherie Rene Scott, Jeremy Jordan The Last 5 Years is an upcoming American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. The film stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan. The film is based on Jason Robert ...more

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An American in Paris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch An American in Paris is a 1951 American musical film inspired by the 1928 orchestral composition by George Gershwin. Starring Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Oscar Levant, Georges Guétary, and ...more

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Brigadoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Gene Kelly, Cyd Charisse, Van Johnson Brigadoon is a 1954 MGM musical feature film made in CinemaScope and Ansco Color based on the Broadway musical of the same name by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe. The film was directed by ...more

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Pitch Perfect is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Banks, Brittany Snow Pitch Perfect is a 2012 American musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore. Featuring an ensemble cast, including Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp, Brittany Snow, Ester ...more

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August Rush is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ziad A. Shaaban added Robin Williams, Keri Russell, Jonathan Rhys Meyers August Rush is a 2007 drama film directed by Kirsten Sheridan and written by Nick Castle, James V. Hart, and Paul Castro, and produced by Richard Barton Lewis. Deciding to run away to New York ...more

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Begin Again is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ziad A. Shaaban added Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine Begin Again is a 2013 American musical comedy-drama film written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Knightley plays a singer-songwriter who is discovered ...more

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Across the Universe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Salma Hayek, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono At once gritty, whimsical and highly theatrical, Revolution Studios’ Across the Universe is a groundbreaking movie musical, springing from the imagination of renowned writer-director Julie ...more

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Carousel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Shirley Jones, Cameron Mitchell, Gene Lockhart Carousel is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical of the same name which, in turn, was based on Ferenc Molnár's non-musical play Liliom. The 1956 ...more

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Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Harry Carey Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is a 1953 American film adaptation of the 1949 stage musical, released by 20th Century Fox, directed by Howard Hawks, and starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, with ...more

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Forever My Girl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Ziad A. Shaaban added Alex Roe, Jessica Rothe, John Benjamin Hickey Forever My Girl is a 2018 romantic drama film directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf. After being gone for a decade, a country star (Alex Roe) returns home to the love (Jessica Rothe) he left behind.

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cinderella story if the shoe f... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
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Gigi is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Eva Gabor, Leslie Caron, Louis Jourdan Gigi is a 1958 American Metrocolor musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette. The ...more

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Funny Face is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, Suzy Parker Funny Face is a 1957 American musical film directed by Stanley Donen, containing assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Although having the same title as the 1927 Broadway musical Funny Face ...more

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Walking on Sunshine is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
skam23 added Leona Lewis, Katy Brand, Annabel Scholey Walking on Sunshine is a 2014 British romantic musical comedy-drama film directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini. The film features covers of hit songs from the 1980s and was released on 27 June ...more

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State Fair is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Jeanne Crain, Harry Morgan, Dana Andrews State Fair is a 1945 American musical film directed by Walter Lang. Is a musical adaptation of the 1933 film of the same name, with original music by Rodgers and Hammerstein. The film stars ...more

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The Fabulous Baker Boys is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Tilly The Fabulous Baker Boys is a 1989 American romantic comedy-drama musical film written and directed by Steve Kloves, and starring real life brothers Jeff Bridges and Beau Bridges as two brothers ...more

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The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Musical Love Story Movies
Catherine Deneuve, Marc Michel, Nino Castelnuovo The Umbrellas of Cherbourg is a 1964 French musical film directed by Jacques Demy, starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo. The music was written by Michel Legrand. The film dialogue is ...more